What a weekend!
Saturday morning meant an early morning baseball game (I’ve decided that 8am is too early for baseball). B was SUPER excited because he got to play 1st base — and he had some pretty good at bats. I was pretty excited because it wasn’t 90 degrees outside.
We then had L’s dance class. She’s kind of been a pain at dance the past couple of weeks. Rather, it’s been a pain getting her to go INTO the class. She is all excited before class and then freaks out when she gets there – but then loves every minute of it once she settles down. So, I don’t know if it’s because I told her I was going to stop taking her or if it was sneak peek week, but she was on her best behavior.
We then followed it up with a trip the gym (and 50 minutes of solo spin) and lunch at, of course, Davis Bakery.
After afternoon naps/quiet time I took the kids to do the thing I like to do least in life: car shop. We knew we wanted a minivan (or needed one — I don’t know about want) and we narrowed it down to 2 cars: Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey.
The main goal of our trip yesterday was NOT to find a car and fall in love (like?) with it – but to test drive to see which model we preferred.
I drove the Honda first – a new 2012 (the 2013’s came out a few months ago, but there were a few EX-Ls’ left). This car pretty much had everything I wanted and more. Automatic everything (doors, tailgate, etc), Bluetooth, leather interior, rear-view camera, a cooling, bin, and the list goes on. The drive was smooth (but aren’t all new cars?) and it was super easy to handle. I was surprised.
Up next, was the Toyota. They dealer we went to just sold it’s last new 2012 – so 2013’s it was! The car was equally as nice, but lacked a few of the extras that the Honda had. But really, did I need those extras? The drive was also smooth and it handled really well. Basically, test driving did nothing but confuse me even more. WHICH CAR DO I PICK? Thankfully, we knew we weren’t going to buy then and there and left empty handed.
After we put the kids to bed, we really talked the cars through. When looking at the prices provided, the Honda (with all of it’s bells and whistles) actually came out ahead.Plus, there were some good financing options available. I think my gut had been saying Honda all along (there were a few things that I didn’t love about the car), but I wasn’t going to let the shiny aspects of the car lure me in.
I then dreamed about the car and thought about it half the time during my run this morning (9 miles — my bladder is starting to feel small, but I’m still feeling good!). And when I got back it was decided: We were going to go buy a car today.
After 2.5 hours at the dealership – and signing about 50 sheets of paper and our life away — we are now the proud owners of this beast.
This is the cleanest you will ever see it.
I’m not sure how we are fitting into our garage — but I’m sure we’ll find a way. I’ve decided that having this baby is going to be SO good for us – all of the junk we’ve accumulated the past 7 years is just being thrown out.
In other news, we seemed to have gotten through Day Light Savings unscathed this year. It probably helps that we went to bed at 9:30 last night (the kids got up at 6:30). It made me a little sad that just 10 years ago I would have been out at a bar and would have been excited to repeat 2am because that meant that we got to spend more $$ on drinks for that extra hour. But I woke up without a hangover and 9 hours of sleep and got over it.
Yes, 9 hours of sleep, 9 miles, AND a minivan. I am just one big time party animal.
What did you do with your extra hour this weekend?